Why You Won’t See Zoe Saldana Playing In Many “Girlfriend” or “Wife” Movie Roles

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Zoe Saldana stays busy. Not only is the 35-year-old beauty starring in the highly anticipated Nina Simone biopic, but she was also recently cast to play France Davis in Kill The Trumpet Player, a Don Cheadle-directed biopic about the life of Miles Davis. Though it seems like Zoe is always busy filming for a new flick, the newly married actress revealed during an interview with Modern Luxury’s Manhattan magazine that she actually turns down a lot of the roles that she’s offered. Find out why by checking out her interview highlights below.

On being a woman in a man’s world:

“It’s very hard being a woman in a man’s world, and I recognised it was a man’s world even when I was a kid. It’s an inequality and injustice that drove me crazy, and which I always spoke out against – and I’ve always been outspoken. I love learning new skills, especially those you’re told girls aren’t good at – like parallel parking. Hey, I’m going to learn to ride a Ducati!”

On turning down certain roles:

“I’m known for being selective in parts I either pick or pursue, and what matters most is that they be good female roles where the character isn’t cardboard or objectified, and where there’s real substance. No generic girlfriend or wife, and no sexy bombshell. Enough of that already!”

On the benefits of ballet:

“Before ballet, I had trouble concentrating, and I wouldn’t even try to concentrate on things I wasn’t interested in. The barre, the piano, the breathing – they calmed and centred me, and allowed me to learn lessons physically, which is how I learn best.”

Turn the page for photos from Zoe’s photo spread.

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